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Loudoun County Online Auction Features Children’s Toys, Office Furniture, PCs, Laptops, and More


The Loudoun County government’s current online auction includes a variety of children’s toys, as well as pool-related items, office furniture, PCs, laptops, and more. The auction will close at 12 noon, Thursday, October 13, 2016.

Detailed information and photographs of the items for sale are online at www.publicsurplus.com/sms/loudoun,va/browse/home. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Strategic Retreat Notes and Highlights


By Valerie Cury

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors held a strategic planning retreat in September, discussing a wide variety of issues including the upcoming review of Loudoun’s Comprehensive Plan. Discussion highlights included. … Continue Reading

Virginia Supreme Court Rules on Greenway Toll Rates

September 9, 2016 Loudoun County Comments Off on Virginia Supreme Court Rules on Greenway Toll Rates
Dulles greenway

The Supreme Court of Virginia issued an opinion upholding the State Corporation Commission’s (SCC) findings in its investigation of toll rates on the Dulles Greenway, which is the only privately owned toll road in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The SCC‘s investigation had determined that no changes to the toll rates on the Dulles Greenway were required. The Supreme Court’s opinion affirms that the SCC’s investigation was proper and that a rational basis existed for the SCC’s 2015 decision. The court’s opinion is posted on its website at www.courts.state.va.us/opinions/opnscvwp/1151976.pdf. … Continue Reading

1833 Loudoun County Court Seal Found; Earliest Seal Found in Court Records

August 17, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on 1833 Loudoun County Court Seal Found; Earliest Seal Found in Court Records
County Court of Loudoun Va Seal 1833

Loudoun County’s treasure trove of historic records has yielded a significant discovery – the earliest county court seal found in the court’s records. Staff in the Clerk of the Circuit Court Historic Records Division recently found an 1833 county court seal on the Freedom Certificate of James Wood. The document was discovered during an ongoing indexing project of the collection of books and papers referred to as the court’s Free Blacks and Slave Papers. Loudoun County has one of the largest and best preserved collection of free black and slavery documents in Virginia. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Online Auction Features Piano, Pressure Washer, PCs, and More

August 8, 2016 Loudoun County Comments Off on Loudoun County Online Auction Features Piano, Pressure Washer, PCs, and More
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The Loudoun County government’s current online auction includes a Charles R. Walter upright piano, a Landa pressure washer, many PCs as well as laptops, vehicles, books, office equipment, and more. The auction will close at noon, Thursday, August 11.

Detailed information and photographs of the items for sale are online at www.publicsurplus.com/sms/loudoun,va/browse/home. … Continue Reading

Glouster Parkway Opens to Traffic

August 8, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Glouster Parkway Opens to Traffic
Glouster Parkway

A new 3/4-mile extension of Gloucester Parkway opened to traffic yesterday, connecting Loudoun County Parkway to the intersection of Pacific and Nokes boulevards in Ashburn, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

This new piece completes an important east-west link between Ashburn and the Route 28 corridor, adding capacity to help alleviate congested parallel roads and to better distribute traffic along Route 28. The entire Gloucester Parkway corridor is now almost six miles, beginning at Belmont Ridge Road to the west and connecting with Nokes Boulevard to carry traffic beyond Route 28 to the east. … Continue Reading

Opportunities Available To Serve On Loudoun County Government Boards And Commissions

August 4, 2016 Government, Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Opportunities Available To Serve On Loudoun County Government Boards And Commissions
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The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors encourages residents to become actively involved in their county government. There are currently opportunities for people to serve on the following county and regional advisory boards, commissions and committees.

Advisory Boards with Terms Concurrent with the Board of Supervisors
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Busy Summer at the County

August 3, 2016 Loudoun County Comments Off on Busy Summer at the County
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County officials are busy this summer despite the heat and hectic vacation schedules. The following is a sampling of updates on county issues, decisions, hearings and meetings impacting the lives of everyday Loudouners.

Quiet Time on the Porch: New county noise standards give the Sheriff’s Department the power to answer calls from citizens complaining about noise coming from another residence. The regulations state in part “ … no person shall permit, operate or cause any source of sound or sound generation that is audible and discernible in any other person’s residential dwelling …” Standards for commercial businesses will be discussed at the BOS’s September 22 Business Meeting. To sign up to speak call 703-777-0204. … Continue Reading

The Loudoun County Fair: Good, Old Fashioned, Affordable Fun

August 3, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on The Loudoun County Fair: Good, Old Fashioned, Affordable Fun

The 2016 Loudoun County Fair was held at its traditional Dry Mill Road fairgrounds on July 25-30. Highlights included the Miss Loudoun County event held on Sunday, July 24, Super Farmer, Stoney Roberts Demolition Derby and more.

The fair did not disappoint with these events and tons of first class entertainment, including Reggie Rice Comedy Illusionist, Nascar Driver Patrick Szabo, MVY Amusements Inflatables, lots of laughs from Les Kimes’ Pork Chop Review, Wildlife Ambassadors (non-releasable wildlife, unwanted pets and captive bred educational animals), Chainsaw Carvings, Twisted K Rodeo, and Bull Riding and more. … Continue Reading

Emblematic Fight To Save 600 Feet of History

August 3, 2016 Loudoun County, News 4 comments

By Andrea Gaines
“Just waiting for the chainsaws … “ That is just about all long-time Loudoun resident Doug Steiner could muster in a recent email conversation with local preservationist Martha Polkey. … Continue Reading

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Receives $2 Million Grant

July 31, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Loudoun County Fire and Rescue Receives $2 Million Grant

Loudoun County Fire and Rescue has just been awarded a $2 million grant for Operations and Safety from the Department of Homeland Security’s and FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The award will assist in the upgrade and replacement of our Self Contained Breathing Apparatus units.

The AFG program is intended to enhance the safety of the public and first responders with respect to fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, non-affiliated Emergency Medical Services organizations and State Fire Training Academies for critically needed resources. Funds may be used for equipment or training where personnel are required to adhere to recognized standards and to enhance operations, foster interoperability and support community resilience. … Continue Reading

Rest In Peace, Mr. Charlie – See You On The Other Side

July 6, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Rest In Peace, Mr. Charlie – See You On The Other Side

I love this photo of Charlie Clark.

Peaceful. Dignified. Respectful of all around him.

Mr. Charlie died last month at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Martinsburg, WV. One of the most well-known residents of our county, he was 108 years old. Think about what he experienced; 19 U.S. presidents, each of the wars, civil rights and economic struggles and American triumphs of the 20th Century … and a glimpse at the 21st Century, too.

As a writer, there is no greater honor to be asked to write a tribute to a cherished person who has passed over to the other side.

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Leesburg Community Kids Get Summer Breakfasts

June 27, 2016 Loudoun County, News Comments Off on Leesburg Community Kids Get Summer Breakfasts
Interfaith relief

Loudoun Interfaith Relief (LIR) is committed to relieving food insecurity in Loudoun County. During the summer months, many children do not get the breakfasts and lunches they receive throughout the school year. LIR is partnering with the Town of Leesburg’s R.O.C.K. (Recreation Outreach to Community Kids) program to provide breakfast and snacks to school age children and their siblings. The program serves The Fields of Leesburg, Evans Ridge, Heritage Square and Fort Evans neighborhoods in Leesburg. … Continue Reading









2016 Energy Summit – George Washington University


On Friday evening, October 28, George Washington University, Virginia Campus in Ashburn will host the 10th annual Don Sandros Energy Summit in cooperation with local businesses and non-profits. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a reception with wine donated by …

Attributing Disaster


“Humans are likely to create a catastrophe, and possibly an associated disaster, that vastly exceeds our own ability to recover from it. In the face of all our efforts, it will persist.” – Richard Guthrie [1] “Here we show that …

Concerned Parent


By Michael Oberschenider Psy.D. Dr. Mike, We recently signed our four-year-old daughter up for gymnastics. It wasn’t cheap, but her friends from the neighborhood do it, and she has been begging us to go. It turned out to be a …

Invisible Illnesses

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By Mary Rose Lunde It is general knowledge that when people think about illnesses, they don’t think about illnesses that aren’t physically apparent. Sure, people know about conditions such as multiple sclerosis and other diseases with visible symptoms, but many …

Robinson Park

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Looking back, now – I’m glad it wasn’t what most people would’ve considered a nice day; I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my share of hot and sunny to last me for at least a generation (especially since …

Are Your Estate and Financial Plans Shock-Proof?


Don’t wait until “what if?” becomes “what is.” Where will you live as you age? Think about your housing options now, so you have choices and won’t have to make a hasty decision should an unexpected health event force you …

In Defense of ‘Adulting’


By Samuel Moore-Sobel Most friends transitioning from college to the workforce long for the days of college, wishing to be back in class and participating in campus life. To be honest, I may be in the minority, but I have …

Student News

Congratulations, Class of 2016

6 Jul 2016


Woodgrove High School’s Class Of 2016 Graduation – By Amanda Clark On June 16, Woodgrove’s Class of 2016 was the 5th graduating class to walk the stage and accept their diploma. The ceremony was filled with anticipation as the chorus, …

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Buckland Earns Degree In Medicine

6 Jul 2016


Molly Buckland, D.O., graduated from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine with a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine on May 28. While at WVSOM, Dr. Buckland received the Dr. Roland P. Sharp President’s Award and the James R. …

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Adams Promoted To Lieutenant

6 Jul 2016


Lt. James Adams, from Sterling and a Potomac Falls Halls Graduate, earned the promotion to the rank of Lieutenant. Adams is a Navy Week and Executive Outreach Planner for the Navy Office of Community Outreach in Millington, Tennessee. U.S. Navy …

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October 2016
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September 26, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

September 27, 2016

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

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Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

October 1, 2016

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

October 2, 2016
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Virginia Outdoors Foundation 50 years of Conservation Celebration

October 9, 2016
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Barefoot Puppets: Dreamtime, Tales From Down Under

October 13, 2016 October 14, 2016 October 15, 2016

Loudoun Centre Theatre: The Scamps Of Scapin!

October 16, 2016

Harvest Celebration & Fall Farm Tour


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Anthony Semiao Live at North Gate Vineyard


October 22, 2016 October 23, 2016

Come Paint with us at Breaux Vineyards

October 24, 2016 October 25, 2016 October 26, 2016 October 27, 2016 October 28, 2016

October Fourth Friday

October 29, 2016

2 Pound Sterling Live at North Gate VIneyard

October 30, 2016

Music With A Cause - Music of Colonial America

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OysterFest at North Gate Vineyard

Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

November 6, 2016
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Veteran’s Day 10k Raises Funds for Veteran Causes

13 Oct 2016


On November 6, the Loudoun County Road Runners Club will again conduct the annual Loudoun 10K Trail Race in order to raise funds for veteran causes. Since it’s origin in 2011, the trail race has generated more than $90,000 with 100 percent of proceeds going directly to veteran’s charities, specifically Boulder Crest Retreat and Pets for Vets.

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FBRM Clean-Up Day at Blue Ridge Regional Park

6 Oct 2016


Join Friends of the Blue Ridge Mountains for an Autumn clean-up to remove invasive vegetation from Blue Ridge Regional Park on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Some tools and equipment will be provided, but please bring your clippers, pruning shears, or saws if you can. Directions: From Leesburg, drive west on Route 7 past the turnoff …

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Painted Barrel Auction Saturday, October 8

6 Oct 2016


The Auction for The Painted Barrels around Purcellville will be held on Saturday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m at the Bush Tabernacle – 250 S. Nursery Ave. Purcellville. Thirty-Five local Loudoun County artists were given an oak wine barrel to create a Purcellville / Loudoun theme on it. Each barrel was sponsored by a local business and was displayed throughout …

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Grief and Greed


By Matthew Parse What would drive a single individual to cause so much emotional stress and financial burden on hundreds, if not, thousands of families? What would drive the Town …


Opinion: Terrorism, Debt, and China: Oh My!


– By Nick Reid world can be a very dangerous place sometimes, especially for a nation state such as the United States. Although danger is always present, the number and …

Metro Money Mess Pushing West


– By Delegate Dave LaRock (R-33rd) A local paper recently quoted Loudoun Board Chair Phyllis Randall as saying that in her observation “some of the concerns raised by the people …

Dear Editor

New Proposed Uses for Western Loudoun

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If you live in the middle or western part of Loudoun where you enjoy a parcel of open space near your property (which probably was put into an open space …

Bennett Knows How To Make Economy Work for All


In the election for the 10th District House seat, only one candidate has a more than three decades of success growing a local business. As the owner of a successful …

View From the Ridge

Broken Promises, Hidden by a Six-Foot Berm


By Andrea Gaines On August 9, 1825 at the age of 69, French military officer the Marquis de Lafayette was honored in Leesburg by former President James Monroe. The French-born …

Around Virginia

History’s Holy Places: Four Local Sites Worth Exploring This Fall


The Journey through Hallowed Ground is a 180-mile long, 75-mile wide trek from Gettysburg to Monticello, encompassing nine presidential homes and places, 18 national and state parks, and thousands of small and large historical sites. Dozens and dozens of these sites and related museums are short ride from just about …

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Land Trust Receives Large Donation

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On August 22, The Land Trust of Virginia received a $10,000 gift from the Sharon D. Virts Foundation, based in Herndon. The presentation of this grant was part of the Foundation’s official launch event, held at Selma Plantation in Leesburg. Notable speakers included Sharon D. Virts, FCiFederal Founder and Chair, …

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Farmers Urged To Be On The Lookout For Marijuana


Farmers in Southwest Virginia are being urged to check their property for marijuana planted by trespassers. Within the past year, hundreds of marijuana plants have been discovered between rows of hay bales on farms in and around Pulaski County, according to the Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force. “Unfortunately this …

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Hunter’s First Professional Race

7 Sep 2016


Drew Hunter and Loudoun Valley classmates at his first professional race, Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, NC in early August , l to r:  Marcos Pierce, Matt Slook, Drew Hunter, Max McNerney. Hunter finished with a time of 3:57.15. Hunter turned professional and signed with Adidas.

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Let’s Make Some Memories

3 Aug 2016


American Legion Baseball At Fireman’s Field, August 3 – 7 By Andrea Gaines American Legion Baseball is here at Fireman’s Field in a big way, featuring five consecutive blockbuster Mid-Atlantic Tournament games – August 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Our local Leesburg Post 34 Rangers had some nice wins …

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